The first ever selfie.

The first ever selfie, by Robert Cornelius.

Selfies are all the rage at the moment but have you ever wondered who took the first selfie? That accolade goes to Robert Cornelius. On a sunny day in October 1839, Cornelius sat for more than a minute in front of his camera in the back of his father's gas lamp-importing business in Philadelphia. The resulting exposure was the first photographic self-portrait.

Unable to post his selfie to Facebook, Robert Cornelius wrote on the back of his photograph:

The first light picture ever taken. 1839.

The first selfie!